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There is a fair amount of dust around here, on the old blog. Bit of tumbleweed blowing through and there is a bit of a good reason for that, although might not be what you think…

Meanwhile….

We moved our whole kit and kaboodle to the other side of world. 10,000 miles of airspace.

That is a lot.

It has been my initial desire to write a funny, witty, sensitive, enthusiastic blog on emigration and how it is sometimes all kinds of crazy.

Which it is.

But then we arrived…

and survived…

and that sort of took all my time.

So its been six months now and just maybe i can get back in the saddle again eh?

For now, here is the money shot right?

What is it, if not Aussie, to have a boy learning to ride a wave, with the instructor fist pumping at the attempt.

Fair Dinkum!

July 27, 2015 - 3:00 am

Talesofatwinmum - Brilliant. It’s so, so hard to find time for anything other than surviving isn’t it?!!! You’ve made it though – well done!! Now to get on with enjoying this awesome new lifestyle. xx

In case of emergency!

I always have to make sure i have a way that i can get myself out of trouble? Are you like that?

Its not always possible i know that but I like to make sure that if i needed to get out of somewhere i could. When i travelled around Canada back when there were dinosaurs wondering the earth;). I wasnt the most flush of students, didnt land a cushy job that paid really well. On the contrary i found myself doing a whole host of weird and wonderful jobs just to find a quick buck. But even though i didnt have loads of money I always knew that i had access to some funds if i needed it. Largely thanks to my very understanding parents!:)

Travelling is obviously a very glam reason to need a little extra injection of cash but then there are also the boring everyday ones. What i call boring spending. Thats the sort of stuff like…’the car needs a new whatever’ or the ‘guttering needs to be replaced’ There is no joy in spending money on those things in my opinion but if you want to drive yourself from a to b and you dont want your windows to leak then you need to get those jobs done! Its not sexy but when your car has broken down you would usually give anyone anything to get it going and get you home right? Back in the time BK (before kids) we owned a fabulous camper van. It was a special part of the family and we had some fun journeys in that van, all be it pretty slow. One particularly long and hot journey back from Devon we noticed it was really starting to struggle on hills and my OH took it to his trusty mechanic when we got home. Only to be dealt the blow that the engine was pretty much dead and we would have to buy a new engine. Not cheap. As Oh was using it for work, we had to find the money to fix it but after that little stunt and the arrival of our number one kid it was time to send Floyd onto better things and people with deeper pockets! I dont think our girls have forgiven us that only their brother got to ride in Floyd.:)

I think then as a young adult i didn’t think about the possible emergencies I might have found myself in. Back then an emergency might have been not being able to find somewhere to eat on a saturday night in an incredibly sleepy canadian city. But now, as a parent with responsibilities there are all manor of emergencies i can imagine! Sometimes there are times when within our own resources we might not be able to meet the need and we have to, responsibly, get some help.

 

 

 

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Anyone for Chocolate? #thorntonsreview

I was asked at the beginning of the summer if i would like to review a hamper from Thorntons….

Um….

Im sorry but does the man in the white hat carry rosary beads?

:)

We were lucky enough to receive a beautiful personalised hamper of goodies from Thorntons. Packaged in an enourmous and very exciting looking box. There may have been some squealing.

Opening the heavy wait presentation box is a thing of joy and there was pretty much something for everyone in there.

 

It is a good sized box and when it arrives it has a real feeling of luxury about it.

Included in the box are:

  • Personalisable Chocolate Alphabet Truffles (22 cup truffles)
  • Continental Milk, White & Dark Signature (300g)
  • Classics Milk Signature (276g)
  • Moments (250g)
  • Classics Favourite Puddings (180g)
  • Bag of Smiles (160g)
  • Classics Milk Caramel Bag (103g)
  • Classics Dark Caramel Bag (103g)
  • Classics Almond Marzipan Bag (107g)
  • Classics Dark Ginger Bag (98g)
  • Continental Viennese Bar
  • Continental Lemon Bar
  • Continental Alpini Ba

I had to be quick to get some myself as there was a frantic rush for some of the favourites. My OH was very impressed with some of the flavoured caramels, in particular the ginger flavoured. The kids loved the chocolate buttons or bag of smiles which are really cute. Our personalised truffles have been used for a certain birthday!

Really a beautiful gift for a chocolate lover and reasonably priced as well!!

 

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Fun on a rainy day!

With September just around the corner, it’s about time I accepted that I’m not going to be able to take my kids to the beach everyday. As a mother of five, it can be a nightmare thinking of ways to keep my brood entertained, but I thought to myself one day while I was going through my closet – there are a whole bunch of ways to keep them amused at home! So I thought I’d share my wisdom with you on just how you can adopt these tried and tested methods without throwing away the cash.

 Dig out those old board games

 A board game is for life, not just for Christmas – sometimes we forget just how fun a little good old fashioned competition can be. Next time you’re having a little clean up, look in the back of the closet and you’ll probably catch sight of those old board games that have been gathering dust since Christmas. Dust them off, sit your kids down and battle your wits – whether it’s Dungeons and Dragons or Hungry Hippos, I guarantee hours of fun!

 Play dress up

Be honest with yourself – are you ever going to wear that bikini you’ve been hoarding since 1995? As the summer ends it’s a great time to give your closet a bit of a clear out, but that doesn’t mean your kids can’t have a little fun in the process. Clothes you’re going to throw out make for great dressing up outfits – see if you can make a theme, like princes and princesses, or perhaps you can even keep the older kids amused as you explain just what exactly the purpose of a leg warmer is!

Create a fantasy world

While you’re clearing out that closet, have you taken a look at any of your old bedsheets recently? Kids, in my experience, love to create their own little worlds, and nothing does this better than creating a fortress. Give them a few beaten up bedsheets to create walls, or use cushions, couches and even mattresses to make a fort – your kids can truly have their own castle without having to slay any dragons.

Be honest with yourself – are you ever going to wear that bikini you’ve been hoarding since 1995? As the summer ends it’s a great time to give your closet a bit of a clear out, but that doesn’t mean your kids can’t have a little fun in the process. Clothes you’re going to throw out make for great dressing up outfits – see if you can make a theme, like princes and princesses, or perhaps you can even keep the older kids amused as you explain just what exactly the purpose of a leg warmer is!

 Create a fantasy world

While you’re clearing out that closet, have you taken a look at any of your old bedsheets recently? Kids, in my experience, love to create their own little worlds, and nothing does this better than creating a fortress. Give them a few beaten up bedsheets to create walls, or use cushions, couches and even mattresses to make a fort – your kids can truly have their own castle without having to slay any dragons.

Have a little mommy time

If all that fantasy play fun has taken it out of you, CasinoSagaFans.com is the perfect way of putting your feet up once the kids have hit the hay. It’s got a huge selection of games featuring trolls, dwarves and princesses, so it might even serve as a little inspiration for the next fantasy game you play with your kids!

So there you have it – the lazy mommy’s guide to making a fantasy world out of the simplest household objects. Just make sure you’ve got a Prince Charming on hand when things get a little too out of hand!

 

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Its a pyjama party! #stuckonyou

Last year we were lucky enough to get the chance to review a great lunchbox from Stuck on You. It has lasted the whole year of pack ups every day and our little girl has loved using it. Helped that her best friend ordered one too!:)So i was delighted to review another one of the company’s products this year. We went for a less school item and more a relaxed, duvet day  item and its safe to say that with my youngest it has been a real hit.

It is a sweet little cotton tee and pyjama shorts that arrived in perfect timing for when the temperatures started to go up and bedtimes were a little tricky in the heat. You can choose from different colours but my little girlie girl chose pink. The it comes to the very serious business of what to have as the motif on the t shirt. Be warned there are a LOT of options and so your little one could take quite a long time deciding!:)

My little girl was having a bit of a thing with Ice-creams lately..who can blame her? So i guessed that it might be a favourite with her. She calls them ‘lolly-ices’ which is a very scouse term that has taken us a good while to get used to. It adds a real personal touch, choosing the design and the font and gets them involved in choosing which is VERY important part of my daughter’s day. I haven’t had any influence over what she will wear for a long time!!;)

The top easily doubles as a regular tee shirt for the day and i even think you can get away withe the cute little cotton shorts in the day too! Id quite like a pair they looks so comfy!! Soft brushed cotton with a little tie to the waist, ideal if you still have a little one in pull ups at night.

It was love at first sight for our littlest girl. She gets a lot of hand-me-downs as the fourth girl and very rarely gets anything new. Which is fine and how it should likely be in a family with so many siblings. The best form of recycling. But occasionally its nice to have a treat and this little set was most assuredly that for her.

On these longer days of summer its lovely to be able to lounge around a bit more and take your time facing the day and she looks so comfy in these jammies. Though it does have to be said my daughter doesnt do an whole lot of ‘lounging’ at any time of the day! She is full throttle ahead most of the time. Looks like these jammies are well up for that job though!!

Shame they don’t do they in an adult size!!:)

 

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October 13, 2014 - 2:52 pm

Louise Fairweather - lovely pics x

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